Starc will challenge Kohli throughout the series - Michael Hussey

Starc will challenge Kohli throughout the series - Michael Hussey

No series between Australia and India seems to pass without some sort of verbal confrontation, and on this front Smith stated he would allow his players to decide what works best for them.

Australia have prepared for a spin onslaught in the Test series against India but former captain Michael Clarke feels that their fast bowlers, especially Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, still have a major role to play.

Australia had prepared for some time in Dubai before reaching Mumbai late night Monday, and Smith said they had tried to play in conditions similar to what they will experience here.

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"It's about making sure they have the right mindset as individuals to go out and succeed".

Australia, which sit at the second spot in the ICC Test Rankings following a 3-0 whitewash in their home series against Pakistan, will face a herculean task against India.

Relations between the old foes neared breaking point nine years ago when Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh was suspended for three matches for allegedly calling Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds a "monkey" during the New Year's test in Sydney. Australian cricket team have arrived in India and have started practicing.

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Australia's aim will be to improve its record in India (46 matches: 12 wins, 19 losses, 14 draws and 1 tie). Just like Sri Lankan veteran Rangana Herath, who carved up Australia's batsmen in a 3-0 Test whitewash a year ago. "He is a fantastic player and a great sport", Warner stated.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli might be an inspiration for budding cricketers across the world, but the Delhi batsman has just one idol in cricket - Sachin Tendulkar. "We know that if we can pull something off and win a series here, we will look back in 10-20 years and it will be some of the best times of our lives". "They have a strong top six and hopefully we can stop them", Smith said. Natural swing with the brand new ball, and especially reserve swing, is going to be really important to the Australian team.

He noted there are subtle technical tweaks that bowlers and batters need to make when playing Test cricket in subcontinental conditions, but also acknowledged that trying too hard to so quickly become experts in such alien surrounds can prove dangerously counter-productive. If you go back to the 2004 Australia win, their pacers got wickets because they bowled a nagging length.

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